Top 8 Trestle Table Plans
Apr16

Top 8 Trestle Table Plans

Trestle tables have been around since the Middle Ages. But unlike modern trestle table plans, ancient trestle tables were simple. It was made of a few boards across two stands – a very practical approach to enjoying their meals and roast. Much of these you can see in gardens or parks. Throughout the years, trestle tables designs have gone through an evolution. Some come with very ornate and complicated forms. However, the basic design (made of two pedestals and a horizontal stretcher) is still commonplace and can seem to blend well with any design era. Although trestle table designs greatly vary, the materials and tools used still remain the same. Usually, these tables are made of hard wood such as oak, maple, pine or other similar wood types. Aside from wood, some designers also use metal or other synthetic material. As for the materials, you would need circular saw, plate joiner, hand drill, router, plane, mallet, chamfer bit, and the usual woodworking tools you commonly use in your table-making projects. There are numerous trestle table plans that you can find online. Depending on your woodworking skills, you can choose which one you prefer to DIY. Here let’s check some plans. 1. Basic trestle table This woodworking plan offers the most basic layout for making a trestle table. The trestle table would be a great dining table. It comes with diagrams to guide you through each and every step of the project. It’s simple and easy to follow – you can complete it in one weekend. The best part is that you can customize the size of the table so that it suits your preference. Check the plan over here.  2. Trestle table by Shanty 2 Chic This table plan gets inspiration from a table with a two-grand price tag. What makes it special is that you can practically copy the dining table at just around $100. The illustrations and cutting diagrams are all color-coded making it easier to understand and follow. The Website also has other woodworking projects that you might want to do. You can see this plan here. 3. Table Plan by The Design Confidential This 40-inch deep, 7-feet long dining table plan should be an easy project. It looks very chic and modern with the faux metal legs (actually they’re just wood painted with metallic color). The plan is simple and comes with colored illustrations and clear instructions. It describes the steps very vividly as so you won’t ever go wrong. Check this plan’s details here.  4. Monastery Table Plan by Rogue Engineer This free trestle table plan, with dimensions of 30-inch height, 63-inch width and...

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10 Wood Shop Layout Tips from The Pros
Mar30

10 Wood Shop Layout Tips from The Pros

Setting up your wood shop requires careful planning to ensure efficiency and optimization of space. But aside from considering the layout’s efficiency, it should also be personal. The layout varies greatly based on the woodworker’s specialization, preferences and sometimes level of expertise. Unlike floor layouts which can be replicated from other similar woodworking shops, the organization and workflow is highly dependent on the shop’s process. It can take several months or even years before a workflow can be finalized. Other times, you may need to adjust or rearrange to suit the new processes. But while you cannot perfect the organization and workflow instantly, you can learn some ways to improve the arrangement and efficiency of your workshop. Here are ten woodshop professional layout tips you can use as you setup your shop.   Wood shop layout must be customizable. Consider your workshop as an ever-growing place that will evolve over time. As you build skills and gain new projects, expect the layout of your shop to change so it suits your newly acquired tools, techniques and projects. The shop must reflect the current needs of your work. Your workshop’s layout isn’t fixed and won’t remain the same through the years. Think of a design that you can move around in case you need some changes. As much as possible, have enough free space and sufficient room where you can add new tool in the future. For sure, you’ll need that soon! Consider the path of your projects. As mentioned above, your wood shop should reflect the ideal part of your work. That’s the key to making your shop more efficient. Before you even begin making plans for your layout, know the workflow of your projects. Make sure that there is a designated area at each stage of the project — from classifying the wood to cutting them into desired size to shaping them. Give attention to the size required at each stage of the workflow. Once you know the workflow, you can start plotting layout design on paper. However, don’t be too “attached” with your layout as you will soon need to say goodbye to it. The ergonomics of working on projects will surely necessitate some adjustments soon. It’s a nice idea to use mobile bases instead of placing them fixed on the floor. This should allow you move things around without need of complete renovation as well as heavy lifting. Ensure adequate space for storage and tools. Woodworking tools can be cumbersome and difficult to store. As such, you have to think of ways of maximizing the limited space that would allow enough storage. To achieve this, you...

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Top 10 Spice Rack Plans
Nov28

Top 10 Spice Rack Plans

Working in your kitchen every day demands a certain kind of order and discipline. One form of this is to put everything in its place. So, why not have a dedicated space for all your spices so that you need only to reach out for what you want? So, put all your creativity into action and build yourself a spice rack, using one of the below-mentioned ones. It will give your kitchen a neat look and will be time-saving for you too. Here are 10 top spice rack plans to choose from: 1. Ana White’s DIY Door Spice Rack Plan: Use two boards 10 feet long and a 1/4″ plywood sheet for the back of the rack. Use pre-drill holes, glue and finish nails for a strong hold. Check out the details over here. 2. DIY Magnetic Spice Rack Plan: Use metal spice containers rather than glass as sometimes they could fall off the rack. Metal sheets measuring 24″ x 48″ can be used along with drywall screws, cordless drill and magnetic tape. You can find this plan over here.  3. Wooden Toy Plans’ DIY Spice Rack Plan: This spice rack can be made out of pine sheets, 3 metres long. This rack is made using a power drill, jigsaw, woodworking clamps and finish nails. It can be made over a weekend as a DIY project. Here’s the plan for you.   4. Ron Hazelton’s DIY Spice Rack Plan: This spice rack is custom-made to store dried herbs and spices in an organized manner and within arm’s reach of the cook. It can be made in much the same way as you would make a small cabinet. With 4×8 sheets of oak veneer plywood, 3/4″ thick, you can make the framework of your spice rack and stain it for better effect. You can find this plan here. 5. The Sawdust Diaries’ DIY Wood Spice Rack Plan: Here’s a compact double shelf rack built on the inside of a cabinet door. How’s that for saving space in a tiny kitchen? Plywood is given a breezy green color which makes it stand out easily. Click here to find out more. 6. Fake-It-Frugal’s In-Drawer DIY Spice Organizer: If by standing your bottles of spices, you can’t seem to find what you want, here’s an inexpensive way of organizing your spices so effectively that you find what you want when you want it. Here, you take a piece of 3-inch cardboard and line your drawer with it. Then, bend it in half down the length. Fix it in your drawer, point it side up and arrange your spices. Check it more. 7. The Family...

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10 Easy Headboard Plans
Nov25

10 Easy Headboard Plans

Great headboard plans can change the appeal of your room! Headboards are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can either buy them or you can make a nice one that will spruce up your bedroom feel. The bed is the focal point of your bedroom and it doesn’t go without being noticed. A good headboard can define your room’s style. Here are a few DIY headboard plans that you might like to follow: 1. Rustic Style Headboard Plan: The nice thing about this headboard is that either you can keep it in its rustic weathered look or you can stain it the color you want. When you select lumber for this headboard, you need to ensure you can create a weathered look. So, look for blemishes in the wood like nicks, knots and gouges. This project uses pocket-hole joinery. You can find this plan over here. 2. Storage Headboard Plans: Here’s a headboard that you can conveniently build over a weekend. You can store all your bedtime story books here in this customized headboard. Choose the wood you want–even plywood works well. Also, choose the finish, mattress size and decor. While the headboard that you lean against is closed, each side is open and you can stack your books there and anything important like your keys and wallet. Select the size of your headboard and the finish you want. Then, check out the assembly plans. Check this one out here. 3. Recycled Object Headboards Plan: This one’s perfect if you’re on a budget. You can make a headboard from some recycled objects like books, leftover wood flooring pieces, a headboard of books, bamboo poles and old doors. For a sleek and modern look for your headboard, sand the wood slats and whitewash them so that they lose some of their rough look but look rustic all the way. Here it is for you. 4. Artistic Headboard Plan: A painting or wall mural can make for a wonderful and impactful headboard. Of course, you can’t lean against it and read, watch TV or whatever, but to create drama, nothing could be better. You can see the details of this plan here. 5. A Pillow Headboard Plan: If you love stuffing your bed with pillows, well this headboard plan takes off all of those and arranges them into a pattern on the wall to act as your headboard. What a great and informal headboard without the use of wood or metal. Details are here. 6. Screen Masterpiece Headboard Plan: Can you ever imagine the elegant drama that a filigree screen can give when made to work as...

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10 Free End Table Plans
Nov14

10 Free End Table Plans

Some of the most useful pieces of furniture comprise end tables. So, it’s helpful to find end table plans for all kinds of styles along with variations in sizes and materials. You may be a woodworker or a hobbyist creating a weekend project or doing something spectacular, but an end table is always welcome in any room of your home. Here are 10 top end table plans that will adorn your room: 1. Wordsnwood’s Easy End Table Plans: This end table makes for a good starter project. You can make it with ready to use lumber and using simple construction methods. Another advantage is that it requires just the minimum tools to make– just a table saw, drill, sander and a miter saw. In fact, you can also do away with the sander and sand it manually. Check them out here. 2. Woodworking’s Simple DIY End Table for 10 Plan: Using just a quarter sheet of plywood, you can create this simple design of end table, with a nail gun and drill. Use 3/4″ cabinet grade plywood or poplar. Once you’ve created the framework, you can now move on to do the edge banding. This can be made with thin strips of pinewood. Click here to read more about this plan. 3. Simple Rennie Mackintosh End Table Plan: For beginner woodworkers, this end table plan is perfect. However, if you have vast experience, you might like to create this end table because it’s both quick to do and easy too. You can make the table using paint-worthy yellow poplar. For the drawers, you can saw 0.5” thick material and 0.25″ thick material. You will need a drill, table saw and a plate joiner. You can find it here.   4. Outdoor End Table Plans by My Outdoor Plans: You can have an interesting end table on your patio or deck to rest your coffee mug or your newspaper. Making an end table is an exciting project that any newbie woodworker would enjoy doing. For this, pine, redwood or cedar are good options. The tabletop can be made using wooden slats or you could add some tempered glass. Once the table is ready, protect the wood by giving it several coats of paint. Click here to get it. 5. Gold-Dipped Tripod End Table Plan: This end table plan is at DIY level and is very easy to make. It is 25.5″ tall. Once you get the entire end table ready, dip its tips in gold paint. About two to three layers of gold should give it the right sparkle. As a final touch to this table, add a layer of polycrylic...

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Top 10 Bird Feeder Plans
Nov08

Top 10 Bird Feeder Plans

If you love the chirping of birds in your garden, you can enjoy watching them around you by attracting them to you. The best way of doing this is to have strategically located bird feeders that will help you view them from close quarters. For this, you don’t need to make a heavy investment in a birdfeeder, but can make one yourself. Now there are plenty of bird feeder plans online. But you must choose a plan that is easy. Just one well-made bird feeder is nice to hang on your porch and makes an equally nice gift for friends. With the holiday season coming up, why not make a few for close friends? Here are a list of 10 free bird feeder plans that you can use to make attractive ones. 1. Free Hopper Style Feeder Plan: This plan of birdfeeder is for a large one that holds about a gallon of bird seed. It has a sealed overhanging roof but no hinges so that the bird seed remains dry. There’s a mesh tray at the base of the birdfeeder for air to circulate and keep bird seeds dry. This birdfeeder can be made economically with wood scraps or even cedar fence pickets measuring 6 feet in length X 5½ inches in width and 5/8th inch in thickness. You can have large and small birds with perching areas inside and outside. Check it over here. 2. One Board DIY Birdfeeder Plan: With a pine board measuring 5 feet 1/6 inches and a few tools, you can create a nest box design of bird feeder. You can find it here. 3. Ana White’s Modern Birdhouse Plan: This birdfeeder can be made out of a single sheet of cedar fence picket, measuring 5.5″ wide and 0.5″ thick. Drill a hole on the front of the birdfeeder so that you can nail it into a wall. With a large hole in its main box part, birds can perch there very easily. Here it is for you! 4. Green roof Birdhouse Plans: Yet another birdhouse made of cedar fence board, 6 feet long x 53/8” wide x 5/8″ deep. These dimensions, the birdhouse’s size of hole and absence of a perch make it ideal for inviting chickadees and wrens. This birdhouse should face east or southeast, way from the wind and receive good sunlight. Set it in on a pipe or pole or hang it on your porch. Here’s the link for this bird feeder plan. 5. The Tall Texan Birdhouse Plan: This free birdhouse plan is called the Tall Texan because of its huge height and also because its roof is...

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